Ravn Recruits Top Airline Executive as New Senior Vice President of Maintenance

July 2, 2018
Mark Swearingin has 37 years of experience working with major carriers and air cargo companies.

ANCHORAGE, AlaskaJune 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Dave Pflieger, President & CEO of Ravn Air Group ("Ravn"), Alaska's largest regional airline, today announced that Mark Swearingin, a seasoned airline maintenance executive, will be joining Ravn's new leadership team.

"We are thrilled to have Mark on board," said President & CEO, Dave Pflieger. "With a 'One Ravn' mindset, Mark will oversee Technical Operations across both Ravn Alaska and Ravn Connect. I am confident that he will not only help take our airline to the next level in safety and operational excellence, but also help us grow our world-class airline."

With a proven track record in optimizing maintenance operations and performance, Swearingin has held leadership positions with major airlines and air transport companies for the past 37 years. Prior to joining Ravn, Swearingin was VP, Technical Operations for Atlas Air Cargo, where he was responsible for all technical operations and supply chain activities for the world's largest 747 passenger and cargo airline, serving 432 cities and 123 countries. Previously, he held similar positions at Midwest Airlines, US Airways, and Northwest Airlines.

"I'm extremely excited to join the Ravn team," said Swearingin. "It's an honor to be a part of such an experienced airline executive team that is so focused on building a safety and operational culture of excellence."

Prior to Atlas, Swearingin served as EVP, Technical Services for Air Canada, a $600 million aircraft maintenance business with 2,200 employees and global customer base. While at Air Canada, he developed business strategies and operational efficiencies that saw a $24 million annual profit on the heels of an $18 million annual loss.

"Given Mark's wealth of experience and his record of success, I have no doubt he will be able to fast-track our implementation of maintenance best practices and standardized processes across both our Ravn Alaska (Part 121) and Ravn Connect (Part 135) certificates," added Pflieger.